Nothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic tale of infatuation and possession, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy, insecure, and ordinary—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except it won’t be easy. Because Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go…
I was so excited for Thorn Abbey, and I featured it as my WOW pick a few months ago. It was a great retelling, although I did feel it was missing something to make it stand out.
I think one of my main reasons for not liking Thorn Abbey as much as I hoped to lies with the fact that the main character, Tess, constantly doubts and puts herself down. Since the story is a retelling of Rebecca, it definitely has to have some of those qualities in the original heroine, so I didn’t mind too much. I also didn’t see much appeal in Max. He’s not really described to be anything besides “brooding” and “handsome”.
I always find it hard to review retellings, especially when I don’t really like certain things about the original story. The plot for Thorn Abbey did move super fast, though, and passed over multiple months of the year. There was a mystery and ghost story intertwined throughout the book, although it never got too scary.
Lastly, the ending kind of deserves it’s own paragraph ;) First, I was completely shocked. Then, I was like, “That’s it?” I checked and Thorn Abbey is definitely a standalone, so the ending was definitely not very satisfying. It was a pretty huge cliffhanger.
Overall, Thorn Abbey is an interesting retelling of Rebecca. I really enjoyed the story! I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers.